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on 26 April 2010
We love Betjeman for his humour, his enthusiasms and his lecherous affections. Whilst acknowledging all three, this biography simply fails to make you feel them. Instead it becomes mired in his religious dilemmas and marital tangles. Perhaps I just wanted the public face explained, rather than to delve behind it.
What should be a joy is a slog - not least because of Wilson's habit of explaining the family link of every minor character to some obscure academic or aristocrat.